A good idea for Napa-SARS?

Increasing Repeater Use

Repeater usage is significantly down from years past.  There are lots of reasons for this, but perhaps we can mitigate some problems.  My suggestion is that clubs could ask members to pick a 1-hour time slot per week (or more if they’re willing) to monitor the local repeater and encourage usage by:

  • Responding to random calls from any people driving through the repeater area.  Nothing is as discouraging as putting your call out there and being greeted by total silence.  
  • Calling out every 5-10 minutes that they are “listening”, if the repeater is quiet.  This encourages other listeners to give a call.  
  • Mentioning other club meetings and activities, to grow participation.  

The goal for all of these suggestions is that, if anyone calls out their call sign, they are not only hearing dead air.  And this act of volunteering can be very easy — the volunteer doesn’t have to leave the comfort of home or worry about inclement weather, and it wouldn’t cost the club any money.  I can only see a potential upside for the club itself, as well as the vocation.  

Louis Janicek, N2CYY  Ramsey, New Jersey

(Reprinted courtesy October 2019 QST)

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W6EZY says “Hello”

Our old friend and SARS member Farrell Hamill moved to Santa Fe some years ago. Today he dropped in on Dstar Reflector 14C to say hello. He also passes along his greetings to all his SARS friends. 73 from W6EZY.

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Gordon West to Visit Benicia

And you are invited to attend. See the details on the Benicia ARC web site.

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Electric Power Transmission

Can your electric power delivery be affected by solar activity? Yes, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center. Read all about it here:


That website is also a great source for the latest information on the current sunspot cycle. Has cycle-25 started? Is it going to be better or worse than cycle-24? Get the scoop here.

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Alan Young K6KLL (sk)

Obituary in the Napa Register, March 3, 2019

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